HERRERA et al v. CRIMINAL CHAMBER OF SUPREME COURT OF JUSTICE OF COLUMBIA
MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Judge Reggie B. Walton on May 30, 2017. (lcrbw2)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
CESAR AUGUSTO TAMAYO HERRERA
on behalf of EDINSON PERLAZA OROBIO,
Civil Action No. 17-454 (RBW)
CRIMINAL CHAMBER OF SUPREME
COURT OF JUSTICE OF COLOMBIA,
This matter comes before the Court on the pro se plaintiff’s Complaint and his request for
leave to add the names of the nine members of the Criminal Chamber of Supreme Court of
Justice of Colombia to his Complaint. For the reasons discussed below, the Court denies the
plaintiff’s leave to file request and dismisses his Complaint.
It appears that the plaintiff predicates his Complaint on the proposition that there
currently “does not exist in force an extradition treaty between the United States and Colombia.”
Complaint (“Compl.”) at 2. Trial courts have the discretion to decide whether a complaint is
frivolous, and such finding is appropriate when the facts alleged are irrational or wholly
incredible. See Denton v. Hernandez, 504 U.S. 25, 33 (1992); Neitzke v. Williams, 490 U.S.
319, 325 (1989) (“[A] complaint, containing as it does both factual allegations and legal
conclusions, is frivolous where it lacks an arguable basis either in law or in fact.”). Having
reviewed the plaintiff’s Complaint carefully, the Court concludes that while difficult to assess, to
the extent that factual contentions are identifiable, they are baseless and wholly incredible.
Moreover, the plaintiff does not proffer any recognizable causes of actions, let alone any causes
of actions that are justiciable. See generally Compl. Neither does the plaintiff present any basis
for why he has standing either personally or via third party that would allow him to pursue
claims on behalf of Edinson Perlaza Orobio regarding the validity of the extradition treaty
between the United States and Colombia. See id. Finally, the plaintiff does not allege or identify
any forms of relief he seeks from the Court. See id.
Accordingly, the Court will deny the plaintiff’s request for leave to file the names of the
nine members of the Criminal Chamber of Supreme Court of Justice of Colombia as defendants
in this matter. The Court will also dismiss the Complaint without prejudice.
SO ORDERED this 30th day of May, 2017. 1
REGGIE B. WALTON
United States District Judge
An Order consistent with this Memorandum Opinion is issued separately.
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